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JOHN W. HOHSTADT of the 1st Missouri Infantry, in Company I. Civil War Veteran of Monterey County.

John W. Hohstadt was born in St. Albans, Franklin County, in Vermont on March 4th, 1929. During the Civil War he enlisted into the 1st Missouri Infantry in Company “I”. His rank and service dates are unknown, but by his local biographical sketch, he saw extensive and hard service. He participated in the Battle of Athens, and engaged the enemy on many parts of the skirmish line. His wife’s name was Melisa J. Morgan; they married estimated in the mid 1870’s. Around the mid 1890’s, he and his wife arrived in Monterey County. They had seven children, one died from an attack of Indians, one is deceased, and five survived. John W. Hohstadt died in Salinas in his home at 404 Front Street on January 16th, 1913 and is buried in the Family Hohstadt Plot in the old section of the IOOF “Garden of Memories Memorial Park” on 850 Abbott Street, Salinas, California. He was a member of the James Blair Steedman GAR (Grand Army of the Republic) Post # 56 based out of Salinas, California.

The following transcriptions are from a biographical sketch and Mr. Hohstadt’s obituary.

HOHSTADT, JOHN W (1829-1913) Salinas, IOOF Cemetery (History and Biographical Record of Monterey & San Benito Counties, Guinn, Vol II Pg 517) John W. Hohstadt. [Abbreviated Article] In order recuperate his health, which had become impaired through hard service in the Union cause during the Civil war, John W. Hohstadt came to California in 1864 and has since been a resident of the west. He was born in St. Albans, Franklin county, VT, March 4, 1829. His parents were John and Mary Ann (Teachout) Hohstadt, of Dutch and Yankee birth respectively. When John Hohstadt was fifteen the family migrated to Ohio, later to Kentucky, and still later they settled in Missouri. While in Missouri, John worked as farmer and stockman.

When the Civil war broke out, John was among the first to enlist, and assisted in raising the first Missouri regiment that went to the front. The first battle in which the regiment participated as the battle of Athens, in which conflict the captain was wounded whereupon Mr. Hohstadt let the charge. He later saw service at Fort Donelson, Fort Henry, Pittsburg landing and along the skirmish line. When he entered the service he enlisted as a member of Company I, First Regiment, but this was afterward consolidated with the Twenty first Regiment, Cool David Moore Commanding. After three years of service, John returned to his home in Missouri.

Leaving Missouri in March 1864, with a party of nine wagons, John began the journey that was to land him in California six months later. The most serious thing with which they had to contend was high waster, and at Julesburg, Colo., they had to wait fourteen days for the Platte river to recede. Reaching California, Mr. Hohstadt went to Red Bluff, Tehama county, where a brother of his wife lived. From there he went to the mountains, near Lassen’s Peak, and operated a hotel at the Hot Springs for about three years along with ranching. he then located in Placer county, near Roseville, where he purchased the Virginia hotel and ranch, but as the locality was too hot and barren the undertaking was unprofitable. From there he went to San Luis Obispo county, where he raised horses including Hunter which was one of the fastest in the country.

Mr. Hohstadt went to Mexico in 1875, taking with him 130 head of cattle. From Magdalena, where he first located, he went to Camionia, where he bought sixth thousand acres, at .25 per acre. The land was well adapted for grazing and he also mined for silver. After living there for 20 years he came to Monterey county, purchasing a ranch near Blanco, for $200 per acre which he sold eight years later at $352 per acre. After disposing of the ranch he came to Salinas and purchased the residence which he now occupies, at No. 404 Front St.

Before coming to the wet, Mr. Hohstadt had been married in Missouri to Miss Melissa J. Morgan, a native of that state, as were also two of their children, William, who was killed by Indians, and Nancy, who is also deceased. Five other children were born to them in California, Charles, John, Lewis, Francis and Eugene. The three first mentioned operate the ranch n Mexico previously mentioned, and there too, they maintain a ten stamp mill in a group of mines. One of the sons, Lewis, went to Douglas, Arizona where he build a hotel and sold real estate.

Politically Mr. Hohstadt is a Republican, and with his wife he is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

(Monterey Daily Cypress January 18, 1913) Deaths of Pioneers Salinas Jan. 17- The deaths of three old time residents of this city and vicinity were reported yesterday and last night. The victims were John W. Hohstadt, Solomon K. Trexell and Thomas Wood, all past the age of 80.

Mr. Hohstadt, who was taken ill a couple of weeks ago died at 9:15 p.m. at his home, corner of San Luis and Front streets. He was a native of Vermont, aged 84 years. Mr. Hohstadt came to Salinas originally in 1875 and after a short residence went to Mexico. He returned in 1895 and since that time has resided here continuously. He was a well known and highly respected man. He is survived by a wife and four sons. The latter are Louis, Charles, John and Frank Hohstadt. In their bereavement the family will have the sincere sympathy of the community. Mr. Hohstadt’s funeral will take place at 1 o’clock tomorrow afternoon from the family residence under the direction of C.R. Pickering. Interment will be made in I.O.O.F. cemetery.

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Compiled and Submitted: by Tim P. Reese, PCC  
Camp Abe Lincoln #10 based out of Santa Cruz, Ca  
Dept. of Calif. and Pacific  
Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War  
Sep 2009